A Hometown Weekend

Mama had all her babies at her house this past weekend and she loved it. Jules and I took the trek west without our hubbies in tow. It was fun to have girl time and to have the kids play with each other for a few days…or should I say it was fun for Henry. The Fab 4 were so gracious to entertain that sweet boy of ours!

This makes coming “home” even sweeter. Melissa is my BFF, if you are not familiar with her from previous posts. We have been friends since I was 4. Besides my sister, she is the friend I have had the longest in life, and she is my best friend. She had baby Luke 4 months after I had Henry and she has 2 other cute boys, Drew and Grant. Luke and Henry are going to be a pair! Henry calls him “Wookie” and all week he has said “Wookie house”. Sweet little angel wants to go back. Melissa and I got to spend time together 3 times n 1 day. I loved it.

Going downtown is always so much fun. We grew up in Fort Smith. If you do not know what makes Fort Smith famous, we can tell you all about it! Julie’s kids love the history of it all and Julie and I just love being down at Belle Point like old times. It is a win-win.

This was Henry’s second visit to Judge Parker’s Courthouse. His Daddy and I took him last summer and took lots of pictures. He has grown so much since then! He sat quietly in his stroller during the mock shootout that was taking place that day. It was like being on the set of Sweet Home Alabama…for real! The fab 4 loved it. We laughed a lot and it was great fun.

Our maternal grandfather is buried at the National Cemetery in our hometown. We always like to visit. Pawpaw would be so proud to call the Fab 5 his own. One day he will get to meet them in person…oh, what a glorious day that will be. It sort of makes me want to belt out “when the roll is called up yonder…” but I will refrain.

Of course they had to celebrate me just a little bit since it was my birthday week. I love Henry’s expression. Such a male response to craft and fashion excitement already! Mama gave me a cute shirt and some pretty jewelry. Julie then gifted me with a Cricut. Yes, she rocks. I was rather happy with all my prizes. Mama also made me a chocolate sheet cake and it was divine.

Henry is in love with his Juju. He talks about her all the time. “Juju home”, “Juju”, “Juju at work”,” Juju” “Bye Juju”, “Juju”, “Hi Juju” ,”Juju”. So naturally, they were excited to embrace one another at Marmie’s house. He loves his Marmie too. He keeps saying “Marmie house” since we have been home. So sweet. Julie, Mama and I laughed (well, mama didn’t laugh. She gave us that stern look she used to give us as children) so hard one night after the kids went to bed. Julie couldn’t breathe and I had to sit down on the floor to keep from wetting my pants. I am still smiling about it because it was Julie’s fault! 🙂

Seeing Mawmaw was the icing on the cake. She was in town for her 65th class reunion. I wish we had been able to spend more time with her, but the reunion parties could not go on with out the queen! The children loved giving she and UD hugs and kisses…and so did we! They are such a blessing. I love this picture of she and Anna because I can feel that hug. I love her hugs.

Spending time with those who have loved me the longest is such a relaxing treat. We had a wonderful early Fall weekend in the Fort. I will cherish the warm fuzzy feeling it gave me for a long time.


Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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